Travel Tales: Elisha Jaeke

Aug 21, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi’s Study Abroad Grants help students gain experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Get a first-hand look at the study abroad experience as told by 2017 recipient Elisha Jaeke:

DSC_0365Elisha Jaeke
St. Norbert College

“Spring in South America – Life as a Student in Quito, Ecuador”

During my time abroad in Ecuador, I enrolled in a semester of classes at la Universidad San Francisco de Quito, located in a valley just outside of the city. I was incredibly lucky to be placed in a host family where three generations shared an apartment (and where improving my Spanish with five-year-old twins truly could not have been more fun), and each morning I was greeted by rays of sunshine streaming past a beautiful view of the Pichincha Mountains. Through my classes and a cultural exchange club, I was able to meet Ecuadorian friends as well as fellow "extranjeros," and we traveled nearly every weekend to new and unique places throughout Ecuador. Though my language skills and understanding of Latin American history and culture have grown exponentially, I think that I am most proud of how I have grown as a person, becoming more confident, more grateful, and more passionate about working each day for the good of the world and its people. These past months have truly been the opportunity of a lifetime, and I am so grateful to the Phi Kappa Phi organization for its support of students like me.

» Click here to read more about Elisha's trip.

Interested in applying for a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant? Click here to learn more and apply by September 15.